The House and Medina
A delightful property in the old medina with easy access to the Marrakech gate. Close to the beach, bustling fishing port and 17th century ramparts.
The Little House has a glass covered central atruim (in the traditional style). Around 150 years old, it has been lovingly restored by local craftsmen using natural materials, with many original rustic features. Thuja wood ceilings and attractively coloured tadelakt walls give a truly cosy and authentic atmosphere. Ground floor – living room and kitchen/diner. WC. Tiled staircase to first floor – Moroccan style double bedroom and courtyard with dining or work area with Juliette balcony. Second floor – Double bedroom and bathroom, with shower, sink and WC. Third floor – roof terrace including lounge room. Terrace with view of the Marrakesh hills. The house has wifi.
Essaouira is situated on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, due west of Marrakesh. Essaouira is a charming walled city of great character which was once a Portuguese colony and is now a UNESCO World heritage site. It was commissioned by the Sultan of the day to be rebuilt in 1760 by a French architect as a trading port with the intention being to rival Agadir as the main trading port in the region, due to its easy access to Marrakech. European embassies were installed in grand Riads, many of which can be seen today. Essaouira is unusual in that the streets form a grid pattern.
The souk is a feast for the senses, mounds of aromatic spices alongside mountains of olives, meat and fresh vegetables. Fresh fish is unloaded from the boats in the port and sold right there or in the fish market in the centre. Fish stalls close to the port invite you to choose your fish and have it cooked and served at long tables.
On the Atlantic coast, it can be windy in Summer, from April to October making it ideal for wind and kite surfing. The weather is not normally over-hot and is generally mild in winter, though evenings can be cool.
Our Favourite Spots
- Patisserie Driss, breakfast patisserie or omelettes, fresh orange juice and coffee.
- Ocean Vagabond beach cafe. Relax, eat drink, sunbathe and watch the camels and horses on the beach.
- Le Chalet de la Plage, best for lunch on the terrace overlooking the sea.
- Dolce Freddo in the main square, the best ice cream in town. Also great coffee, mixed juices and thick hot chocolate to die for.